Up at 3:45 am (when most were probably just heading home after bringing in the new year) and on the trail by 4:45 am. Waited at the checkpoint for 30 minutes before making our way to the sun gate (about an hour at a brisk pace), all up doing 6 km today.
The view was clouded over so after about 20 minutes we headed down towards Machu Picchu.
We went down and out the main gate to get our passports stamped, then did a 1.5 hour tour of the very impressive complex. We spent about another hour exploring ourselves (the weather never did really clear up, but the view got slightly better) before catching the train back down to the main town.
After a pizza lunch we caught a very nice train, with glass roof to Ollantayambo, driving past more ruins and km82.
We then caught the bus back to Cusco, having dinner at Jacks cafe before heading back to the hotel.
Pizza at Hot Springs 2
Jack's Cafe, Cusco
Machu Picchu complex